A zesty look of the day today, partly inspired by the colours from the ‘Polly’ palette from this month’s Powder Pack for Catwa. I’m also LOVING this BUENO ‘Rucy’ top from KUSTOM 9, and it’s the perfect contrast to these fabulous SCANDALIZE denim jeans from MBA. Last but not least, new hair from the latest TRES CHIC round, courtesy of VANITY HAIR. Bring on the sunshine!
A kitty quickie* for you today! ADDAMS have released some absolutely STONKING shirts at their mainstore in a variety of plain and tartan/check textures. they look blinking outstanding (as do most things for ADDAMS) and fit incredibly well.
The shirt caters to most currently available body types, and I especially appreciate the fact that in each pack comes a fitmesh option that allows for your wearing a skirt! There’s a bra included (that you can toggle on or off) and this has options via a HUD. I quite liked some of the pattern choices but was a bit disappointed that the bra has white seams; this means that some of the pattern choices don’t quite work as well as they should, in my opinion: for example, the leopard print would look far better with black edging than white, but all things considered that’s a minor gripe for an incredibly well-made piece that is set to be a really popular item in SECOND LIFE. I wasn’t surprised that the shop was crowded when I dropped by to buy one!
I chose to wear my shirt with a favourite BUENO denim number and my REIGN thigh-high sneaks. I also added a REIGN tattoo choker and my treasured YUMMY necklace to complete the look. My hairstyle is an absolute find, and is by MINA for THE GACHA GARDEN. Isn’t it beautiful? I was the luckiest I have ever been with a gacha machine; dropping the fatpack on my first attempt! To finish I added some ADDAMS ‘Cat Glasses’ (of course!) and some attitude for a look that’s casual but bang on trend, and perfect for chilling out at home on a Sunday. Hope you approve – now go get that shirt!
*A ‘Kitty Quickie’ is going to be a blog device that I use more frequently on these pages. It’s a way of publishing a quick post (with links) without the long shopping list covering EVERYTHING that takes ages for me to add once I’ve written the main article. All the outfit key-elements are covered so don’t worry, you can still go shopping, it just means I can be a bit lazy from time to time!
Nothing wrong with a bit of Kitchen Witchery (yes, it is a thing) from time to time, and that’s precisely what I’m doing here. You don’t need to be chanting at an altar or sky-clad in a circle; sometimes the most effective spells can be conjured from tasty ingredients and a few incantations whispered over a pot as you stir it slowly. And as I was busy toiling over this pot of epic nommage I noticed something; I look bloody awesome from behind!
For a start, I absolutely LOVE this ERRATIC jumper that is currently available in the latest round of UBER. It fits like a dream on my Maitreya bod, has lovely sleeves and scoop neck and a delicate button fastening down the back. If you’ve been reading Kittywitchin‘ for a while then you’ll know I have a thing about jumpers, or sweaters as our friends across the Atlantic tend to call them. I know it’s strange, but even in a virtual world at this time of year you’ll find me wearing clothes that reflect the real life seasons. I could be wearing a lovely bikini and chilling on a beach sim somewhere, but seeing as I’m in the northern hemisphere and I’ve got the heating on, it’s unlikely.
Anyway, I’m wearing the orange ‘Ava’ sweater from ERRATIC at Uber, and I’ve teamed it with an old favourite BUENO denim skirt and my N-CORE ‘Alexandra’ boots, which I’ve barely taken off these past few weeks. Orange and deep, dark indigo work beautifully together as I hope this picture proves. I tell you what else looks good in this picture, my hair. This is LITTLE BONES ‘Luna’ from UBER, and as you can see it hangs down my back rather realistically too.
I remember one day about six years ago I was sat at my desk in RL work and was raging about how badly Amy Winehouse was being treated (yet again) by the press. It was clear that poor Amy was going through sheer hell battling her own personal demons, yet the press seemed to relish nothing more than hounding her as she seemingly self-destructed. I recall a colleague at the time saying to me in an astonished voice “You really do care what happens to her don’t you?” and the fact was yes, I did very much.
I loved Amy’s work. It wasn’t just the fact that she had a soaring voice and a vocal range that belied her young years, she also wrote lyrics from the heart that were totally relatable to. That said, I didn’t like her very much; she came across badly in print and on screen and it took me a while to see through how she was being represented, but once I did I understood (as well as I could) that her behaviour stemmed from the fact that she was deeply troubled. Her drunken TV appearances and completely crazed antics were fuelled by more than drink and drugs, they were acts of utter despair and cries for help that only now we seem to recognise. And yet either no help was offered, or for some reason it was refused. Of course, it ended tragically and we lost someone that we should have cherished and nurtured rather than criticised and condemned.
I won’t watch the recent documentary about her, not yet anyway, although this clip gives me the shivers..
I don’t think I can bear to watch the progression of her condition and the ultimate sad outcome. Many people scoffed when she passed that it was a certainty that she would die young, but did it really have to be so? I can’t help but think we were cheated by her death. She was an amazing artist but she could have become so much more had she lived, and when I listen to her I sometimes feel very angry because we lost her.
For me she was at her most beautiful when she was recording the album ‘Frank’. She had long hair, hooped earrings and an absolutely fantastic figure; she looked healthy and happy and stunningly beautiful. Contrast that image with her in the ‘Back To Black’ video and she looks completely different; styled to within an inch of her with the melancholy beginning to really show.
But I think the most enduring image we have of Amy is of the towering semi- beehive hairstyle and the powerful black eyeliner that she sported along with Fred Perry shirts, short skirts and ballerina pumps. That’s what I’ve been inspired to recreate here; using the outstanding hairstyle named after her from VANITY HAIR and my old favourite eyeliner from MONS.
Amy was almost ten years younger than me; she was born 14th September 1983 (I was born 13th September 1973) and since we (almost) share the same birthday I always raise a glass to her on mine, and thank her for the wonderful music she left behind. I’ll be doing that again this year and I’d like to think that wherever she is now she’s at peace, she recognises her own talents and finally feels the love and admiration that all her fans, myself included, continue to have for her. RIP Amy.